Saturday, April 9
Music & Arts Community Center
13411 Shire Lane, Fort Myers
The Gulfshore Ballet partners with the Gulf Coast Chamber Orchestra to present a magical night of Spanish Ballet!
The evening opens with scenes from Act 2 of the ballet Don Quixote, which is based on episodes taken from the famous novel Don Quixote de la Mancha by Miguel de Cervantes. It was originally choreographed by Marius Petipa to the music of Ludwig Minkus and first presented by the Ballet of the Imperial Bolshoi Theatre of Moscow, December 1869.
The second half of the evening features episodes from Paquita. Paquita is a ballet in two acts and three scenes originally choreographed by Joseph Mazilier to music by Édouard Deldevez and Ludwig Minkus. It was first presented at the Salle Le Peletier by the Paris Opera Ballet on April 1846 . In 1847, Paquita was staged for the first time in Russia for the Imperial Ballet of St. Petersburg by Marius Petipa and Pierre-Frédéric Malavergne, being the first work ever staged by Petipa in Russia.
The story takes place in Spain during the presence of Napoleon’s army. The heroine is the young romani girl, Paquita. Unbeknownst to Paquita, she is really of noble birth, having been abducted by romani people when she was an infant. She saves the life of a young French officer, Lucien d’Hervilly, who is the target of a Spanish governor who desires to have him killed by Iñigo, a roma chief. By way of a medallion she discovers that she is of noble birth, being in fact the cousin of Lucien. As such, she and the Officer are able to get married.
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Examples of Don Quixote courtesy of the Royal Ballet, London
Examples from Paquita: Grand Pas & Variations
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